Monthly Archives: November 2018

Re: Poetry Reading Group at Dulwich Library

A copy of the letter sent out by Wendy Williams after a visit by three of us to the Poetry Reading Group at Dulwich Library.

Re: Poetry Reading Group at Dulwich Library

Dear All,

We had a great time at the poetry group a few weeks ago. Our subject was calamities, and they came in all shapes and sizes, from wars to lost glasses. Some of them were very sad and serious, and others amusing, so we had a well-rounded selection. Three ladies from the Shortlands Poetry group joined us, and they contributed some excellent material, too.

These are the poems we heard at our last meeting:- From the line (Kerr); The Mistake (Fenton); On the loss of The Royal George (Cowper); Alarm at first entering the Yangtze gorges (Anon); A Panic attack (Stevens); The Sounds crowds make (Moore); Casey at the bat (Taylor); Aviators (Armitage); The Vegetable garden and the runaway horse (Ayres); Catastrophe (Zaman); The Water roars and keeps on roaring (Kemenes); Remember me? (Mather); Does it matter? (Sassoon); The Wreck of the Deutschland [part] (Hopkins); The Gasman cometh (Flanders and Swann); In my own hands (Marks); Stacey (Luke); Abandoned (Sweeney); Reading scheme (Cope); Disconnection and reconnection (Johnson); Ayers Rock (Ayres); Very old man (Henry); Cain (Kemenes); Just like a man (Anon); Fallen (Corbin); The Last poem (Desnos); Boy with orange (Kramer); Calamity (Gibi); Organised am I (Fox); The Shirt (Moore); The Reluctant bride (Turner); Love song for a man with 100 pairs of glasses (Seborn); Please will you take your children home before I do them in (Ayres); Warning (Joseph).

Our meetings are held on the first Friday of each month – the next one will be on 5th October, from 2 until 3.30pm. Our subject will be Elizabethan poets. Please also bring ideas for our new list of subjects, which I will be compiling shortly.

I hope to see you many of you next week.

Love and Best Wishes


Meeting of 30th. October 2018

This was where we went back in time to the works of Andrew Marvell, Walter Raleigh and Thomas Traherne.

Ann Barlow started the meeting with an account of the life and works of the first two and Mavis Robinson told us about Thomas Traherne whose works were only fully appreciated after being found towards the end of the 19th. century on a street bookstall.

Thomas Traherne

Even then, he was mistaken at first for Henry Vaughan. Altogether, 7 poems by Traherne were read, 13 by Raleigh and 8 by Marvell.

Portfolio Meeting Oct 9th 2018

This meeting is given over to The Writers’ Group who each contribute three poems to an annual publication which is very much valued and enjoyed by members. It is an opportunity for the rest of us to listen to some talented writers Anyone who writes but does not belong to the Writers’ Group is also invited to read one of their poems.

As always there was a good turnout and we were pleased to welcome Maggie and Ron Hoyle who continue to take an interest in the Shortlands Poetry Circle while also enjoying the poetic pleasures of Dorchester. We are always extremely grateful to Ron for auditing our accounts.